In recent months, the Trump administration has acted to reverse many of the positive developments in U.S. policy toward Cuba of the last three years. In the words of one Cuban friend, “It hurts to be going backwards.” This #GivingTuesday, we’re asking that you consider a gift to keep the Center for Democracy in the Americas on the front lines of advocacy in this crucial time for U.S.-Cuba policy. Your gift will allow us to continue our important work, which in the last year included:
- Hosting a delegation of Cuban entrepreneurs in DC who shared an urgent plea to preserve engagement. Yamina Vicente, owner of the party planning and decorations business Decorazón, told a roomful of Senators, including Sens. Klobuchar (MN) and Leahy (VT), "If you want to help us, don't roll back the advances in U.S.-Cuba engagement."
- Delivering much-needed humanitarian relief to Cuba in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, including clean water and food, as well as roofing materials for the country's hardest hit areas.
- CDA's exchange delegation led by Rep. Mark Takano (CA-41) explored LGBTQ issues in Cuba. The October trip marked the first time a Member of Congress traveled to Cuba since President Trump's June announcement and demonstrated a clear commitment to engagement during difficult times.
- CDA led 10 delegations to Cuba for leaders in Congress, business, civil society and the arts to advance engagement on environmental protection, gender and race, and business.
We are committed to fostering ties between the people of Cuba and the U.S., and we are regularly inspired by Dave Matthews’ words to the CDA family on his Cuba experience: “There’s no reason on earth we shouldn’t find as many reasons as possible to embrace each other.” Visit our Facebook page to learn more—on #GivingTuesday, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match up to $2 million in donations made on Facebook to eligible nonprofits. Please consider a gift to CDA today, and make your support for engagement count double! #StayEngaged